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I don't like paying the full retail price for most things. That's because I know most products are marked up -- sometimes quite a bit. So I wait for things to go on sale, I shop at consignement stores and occasionally I even haggle to get a lower price. If you're of the same mindset and don't like paying a premium for products, check out this recent post on the blog: 20 Products With Giant Markups. You'll see which consumer goods are sold for a lot more than they cost to produce and ways to avoid the markup on these items.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.